The 2020–2021 season at the Bayerische Staatsoper

General Manager Nikolaus Bachler headlines his final season at the Bayerische Staatsoper with POINT OF INFLECTION. “In his Sonnets to Orpheus, Rainer Maria Rilke describes art as movement, as a process that often ends with the beginning and begins with the end,” explains Nikolaus Bachler. “Following thirteen years as the Staatsoper’s General Manager, these sentiments conjure up not just the end, but rather and in particular also the ‘point of inflection’.”
At the core of the season are eleven opera and ballet premieres, including three world premieres and four pieces that celebrated their world premieres in Munich.
Discover the whole season here.


The opera premieres of the new season

Two world premieres

Luca Francesconi
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Production: Andreas Kriegenburg
With Toby Spence in the title role

Miroslav Srnka
Conductor: Patrick Hahn
Production: Nicolas Brieger
With the Opera Studio of the Bayerische Staatsoper


Walter Braunfels
DIE VÖGEL (The Birds)
Conductor: Ingo Metzmacher
Production: Frank Castorf
With Günter Papendell, Michael Nagy, Charles Workman, Caroline Wettergreen, Wolfgang Koch

Carl Maria von Weber

Conductor: Antonello Manacorda
Production: Dmitri Tcherniakov
With Golda Schultz, Pavel Černoch, Anna Prohaska, Kyle Ketelsen

Richard Strauss

Conductor: Vladimir Jurowksi
Production: Barrie Kosky
With Marlis Petersen, Christof Fischesser, Samantha Hankey, Katharina Konradi

Aribert Reimann

Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Production: Christoph Marthaler
With Christian Gerhaher, Angela Denoke, Aušrine Stundyte, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller

Munich Opera Festival

Richard Wagner
Conductor: Kirill Petrenko
Production: Krzysztof Warlikowski
With Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Mika Kares, Wolfgang Koch, Okka von der Damerau

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Conductor: Constantinos Carydis
Production: Antú Romero Nunes
With Matthew Polenzani, Emily D’Angelo, Olga Kulchynska, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller


Points of Inflection

The programme features two Extra Festival Concerts on 23 and 30 July, both revolving around the season theme, POINT OF INFLECTION. Fire – Next Generation celebrates the return of singers that began their international careers at the Bayerische Staatsoper’s Opera Studio. On 30 July some of the most important singers of recent years will then deliver a “final performance on the end and beginning theme”, together with General Manager Nikolaus Bachler: The Point of Inflection.

Two Extra Festival Concerts


Fire – Next Generation: An evening with former members of the Opera Studio
Point of Inflection: Some of the most important artists of the last 13 years - among others with Constantinos Carydis, Christian Gerhaher, Anja Harteros, Anja Kampe, Jonas Kaufmann, Wolfgang Koch, Kent Nagano, Anna Netrebko, Marlis Petersen, Kirill Petrenko, Nina Stemme, Bryn Terfel


The repertoire of the 2020–2021 season

The programme for the 2020/21 season features a total of 45 pieces, including revivals of Ariadne auf Naxos, Un ballo in maschera, Dialogues des Carmélites, Falstaff, Fidelio, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Judith, Manon Lescaut, I masnadieri, Le nozze di Figaro, Otello, Parsifal, Das Rheingold, Rigoletto, Rusalka, The Snow Queen, South Pole, Tannhäuser, Il trittico, Wozzeck.
You can find the full repertoire here.


The ballet premieres of the new season

The revival of Peter Wright’s Giselle and a Dance Night signal the start of the “30 Years of the Bayerisches Staatsballett” anniversary year in September 2020. The second piece by Christopher Wheeldon celebrates its premiere in the Nationaltheater in December with Cinderella, and the Ballet Festival Week opens in April 2021 with the world premiere of The Blizzard by resident choreographer Andrey Kaydanovskiy. Another edition of contemporary choreographies entitled Today is Tomorrow follows for the festival season in the summer.
You can find the full ballet programme here.


Press release download

A season overview and the detailed press release with information on the Opera Premieres, the Repertoire, the Munich Opera Festival, the Bavarian State Ballet and the concert programme can be downloaded here.

Press release

Season overview